A woman is suing U.S. Airlines for losing her husband’s ashes after TSA agents made her place them in her checked luggage. The airline has neither returned them nor given her an explanation, according to a lawsuit.
Brian O’Grady lost his battle with cancer in October 2011 at age 71. His wife promised him she would scatter his ashes in Hull, England, where the couple were born.
Pennsylvania widow Angeline O’Grady was on route to scatter her husband's cremated remains in their hometown in England in 2011 when airport security made her take the ashes out of her carry-on luggage and place them in her checked bag, the lawsuit said.
His remains were lost by US Airways in Philadelphia two years ago and have yet to be found, the Philly Daily News reports.
"US Airways, rather than Mr. and Mrs. O'Grady, has had the last word in determining Mr. O'Grady's final resting place," the lawsuit reads. "He is not at peace."
On November 1st , 2011 O’Grady of Trumbauersville, Bucks County went to Philadelphia International Airport to board a flight to the UK to fulfill her late husband’s dying wish.
However, TSA security agents advised her she could not take the cardboard box that contained a plastic urn in her carry on luggage because "its contents were not a solid substance," according to the suit.
The widow then returned to the U.S. Airways desk with her baggage claim ticket so the ashes could be placed with her checked luggage.
When she reached her gate, she was told she was late and that her seat had been given up. She then paid $500 to upgrade to first class to stay on the same flight that she thought her husband's ashes were on.
When she arrived in England she checked the contents of her bag to find the remains were not there.
Her attorney Bill Goldman said the airline's response to her inquiries and his requests has been to "Ignore, ignore, ignore."
US Airways spokesman Andrew Christie provided a statement to the Daily News: "While we certainly send our condolences to Mrs. O'Grady, US Airways' investigation into this matter did not uncover any information indicating that US Airways is responsible for this unfortunate incident," Christie said. "We, of course, will defend ourselves against this suit."